List three ways we use the word “love” in 21st Century America?
Do you think most people think of love as an action or emotion? Which way is more dominant in your life?
How does God describe love in the following passages?
Song of Songs 8:6
Is the Scriptural focus more on the action or the emotion?
Read I Corinthians 13:1-8. What are things that love does (or doesn’t do)
List four examples of Jesus putting love into action
List the last four times you have put love into action
Read Deuteronomy 7:7 and Matthew 9:36. How is love described as an emotion?
Prayer: Dear Lord, You have both loved me and demonstrated your love for me through actions, most importantly the sending of Your Son to die for my sins. Move me to both love others and demonstrate that love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
This Bible study is based on a Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly article by Professor John Schuetze.